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2014 Astronaut Check Presentation Travel Schedule

Astronauts are headed to colleges and universities near you! While there, they will present this year’s Astronaut Scholars with their awards and give a free public lecture about their time in space. Check out this schedule and come out to cheer on our newest class of scholars! School City, State Visit Date Clemson University Clemson, SC Sept. 26, 2014 University of Texas Austin, TX Sept. 30, 2014 Texas A&M University College Station, TX Oct. 1, 2014 Tufts University Medford, MA Oct. 17, 2014 Miami University Oxford, OH Oct. 21, 2014 Purdue University West Lafayette, IN Oct. 25, 2014 University of …

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2014 U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Induction Gala Scholar Keynote

Lafleur - Gala 2014

During the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Induction Gala festivities on May 2, 2014, Jarret Lafleur, a 2005-2007 Astronaut Scholar, gave a keynote speech sharing his thoughts and story with the 400 guests in attendance. The following is Jarret’s address, in full: Ladies and Gentlemen, Astronauts, Distinguished Guests, and Space Exploration Enthusiasts: Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to join us for dinner beneath this ridiculously large rocket. My name is Jarret Lafleur, and I am proud to say I am an alumnus of the Astronaut Scholarship program that you all have supported just …

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Alan Shepard’s Camaro on the Auction Block!


ATTENTION CAR ENTHUSIASTS:  The custom outfitted 1995 Camaro Z28 Convertible owned by Astronaut Alan Shepard will be on display this weekend February 15-16 at the Reliant Center in Houston, Texas and will be auctioned at the Mecum Houston 2014 Auction (April 10-12). Partial proceeds of the sale to benefit the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. Shepard is known for being the only human to hit a golf ball on the moon.  According to his family, Shepard’s passion for fast cars and the game of golf prompted him to tell the dealer to “exchange the Corvette he had and give him something he …

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Hugh Harris Announces New Book

Hugh Harris, NASA’s “Voice of Launch Control” and a longtime ASF supporter, announces the release of his new book, “Challenger: An American Tragedy,” a personal account of the events of January 28, 1986. Harris was at Kennedy Space Center that day, counting down to liftoff for audiences across the country. He presents the story of the Challenger tragedy as only an insider can. With by-the-second accounts of the spacecraft’s launch and a comprehensive overview of the ensuing investigation, Harris gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at the devastating accident that grounded the shuttle fleet for over two years. Harris, former Director …

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2013 Astronaut Autograph & Memorabilia Show


Space Fans of All Ages Mingle Among Astronauts A Weekend Full of Adventure, Stories, and New Memories Astronauts and space guests touched down on the Space Coast this November to meet their biggest fans at ASF’s annual Astronaut Autograph and Memorabilia Show (AAMS). The show, in its sixth year running, is anticipated by space fans from around the world. This year’s festivities took place on November 7-10, with the show itself open at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (KSCVC) on November 9-10. ASF’s tiered ticket packages catered to space fanatics and casual enthusiasts alike. Those looking to attend only …

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2013 Auctions

A Year of Successful Auctions and Experiences Online Fundraising Events Raise Over $165,000 for Foundation The Foundation has a long-running tradition of fundraising through online auctions. Items made available for bidding are donated by astronauts and patrons alike and include unique collectibles, signed memorabilia, one-of-a-kind flown artifacts, and ASF’s signature Astronaut Experiences, which offer bidders the chance to win one-on-one time with an astronaut host. 2013 saw three successful ASF auctions come and go. The Spring Auction, which ran March 7-15, raised more than $65,000; the Fall Auction, which ran August 16-25, raised more than $35,000. ASF’s largest auction of …

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2013 U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Induction


Three Astronaut Heroes Inducted to Hall of Fame Curt Brown, Eileen Collins, and Bonnie Dunbar Honored at Gala One of ASF’s most exciting and successful fundraising events of the year is the annual U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Induction Gala, a grand dinner banquet honoring that year’s class of U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame (AHOF) inductees. ASF’s Induction Selection Committee arranges the selection of new inductees into the AHOF each year, and ASF works hand-in-hand with Delaware North Companies (DNC) to honor those astronauts with the gala and an official induction ceremony held at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (KSCVC) …

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January 2014 Astrogram

ASF’s Astrogram newsletter is now available electronically! Stay on top of the goings-on at ASF by downloading our bi-annual magazine dedicated to reporting the latest on news, events, scholars, and more! Click here to download our first online Astrogram: January 2014 Astrogram – 9.75 MB

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2013 Astronaut Check Presentation Travel Schedule

Hall of Fame astronauts are headed to colleges and universities near you! While there, they will present this year’s Astronaut Scholars with their awards and give a free public lecture about their time in space. Check out this schedule and come out to cheer on our newest class of scholars! School City, State Visit Date Miami University Oxford, OH Aug. 28, 2013 University of Texas Austin, TX Sept. 13, 2013 Harvey Mudd College Claremont, CA Oct. 2, 2013 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA Oct. 3, 2013 Georgia Tech Atlanta, GA Oct. 9, 2013 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, …

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Skylab Anniversary Dinner To Benefit ASF

The Skylab 40th Anniversary Celebration, a dinner and panel discussion to benefit the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF), will be held at Kennedy Space Center’s Apollo/Saturn V Center on Sat. July 27 at 7 p.m. Eight Skylab astronauts are slated to attend the dinner and participate in a panel discussion about living and conducting groundbreaking scientific experiments aboard the world’s first space station. They are: Alan Bean, Commander, Skylab 3 Gerald Carr, Commander, Skylab 4 Owen Garriott, Science Pilot, Skylab 3 Ed Gibson, Science Pilot, Skylab 4 Joseph Kerwin, Science Pilot, Skylab 2 Jack Lousma, Pilot, Skylab 3 Bill Pogue, Pilot, …

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ASF Announces Board Changes

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) announced the election of space shuttle astronaut Dan Brandenstein as chairman of its board of directors and Orlando business owner Lisa Schott as vice chairman, a development that marks two firsts for the nonprofit: Brandenstein as the first shuttle-era astronaut to become chair, and Schott as the first non-astronaut to assume a leadership role on the board. Newly elected members of ASF’s board of directors include space shuttle astronaut Richard Covey and Joseph Han, a principal scientist working at an energy storage start-up in San Jose. Both Schott and Han are Astronaut Scholars. Schott was …

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Skylab 40th Anniversary Celebration


40 Years Later, Skylab Crews Reminisce Together Skylab and SMEAT Crewmembers Talk Adventures Onboard The Skylab program saw its 40th anniversary this year. Skylab, the United States’ first space station, launched atop a modified Saturn V rocket on May 14, 1973. Three crews of three astronauts each spent increasingly longer periods of time in space, consecutively breaking new time records that were held until the Mir program. All together, Skylab 2 astronauts Pete Conrad, Paul Weitz, and Joe Kerwin; Skylab 3 astronauts Alan Bean, Jack Lousma, and Owen Garriott; and Skylab 4 astronauts Jerry Carr, Bill Pogue, and Ed Gibson …

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2013 U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Induction Gala Scholar Keynote

Astronaut Scholar Daniel Araya speaks during 2013 AHOF Gala

During the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Induction Gala festivities on April 19, 2013, Daniel Araya, a 2007-2008 Astronaut Scholar, took the stage to share his thoughts and his story with the more than 450 guests in attendance. The following is Daniel’s address, in full: I feel very privileged to be here tonight. I have such tremendous respect for the collective achievements of the people in this room. So I’m very grateful for this opportunity to share with you my story and hopefully convince you that your money was well spent. I received the Astronaut Scholarship five years ago while …

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Astronaut Charity Seeks Gala Sponsors


Sponsorships Support STEM Students, Include Stellar Benefits With the star-studded 2013 U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Induction Gala coming to Kennedy Space Center on April 19, now is the time for corporations looking to expand their reach in the aerospace and commercial spaceflight industries to sign on as sponsors. The event, which supports the nonprofit Astronaut Scholarship Foundation’s (ASF) mission to aid the U.S. in retaining its world leadership in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by providing scholarships to exceptional college students pursuing degrees in these fields, is a black-tie affair honoring astronauts Curt Brown, Eileen Collins and Bonnie …

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Space Auction Features Astronaut Adventures, Rare Artifacts

Buzz Aldrin Astronaut Experience to Benefit ASF

Charity Event Raises Funds to Support U.S. STEM Students KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. – Astronaut Scholarship Foundation’s (ASF) Spring Auction of Astronaut Experiences & Memorabilia opens at 9 a.m. (EST) today at The online charity auction features seven astronaut-accompanied adventures as well as 36 lots of rare, flown-in-space and autographed collectibles. Treasures up for grabs include a Greek flag that journeyed to the moon with Command Module Pilot Al Worden on Apollo 15, a NASA-issued Fisher “Space Pen” used aboard the Skylab space station by astronaut Bill Pogue, and a genuine radio cable from an apparatus worn by mission …

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Astronauts Offer Adventures In Line With Top Trip Trends

Charity Space Auction Includes Seven Remarkable Astronaut Experiences KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. – Adventure-seekers scouring the Web in search of unique “things-to-do” need look no further than Astronaut Scholarship Foundation’s (ASF) Spring Auction of Astronaut Experiences & Memorabilia, which opens Thurs., March 7, 2013 at 9 a.m. Eastern at The seven exclusive Astronaut Experiences being offered line up with many of 2013’s top predicted vacation trends, which include river cruises, outdoor adventures, and “unique experiences.” ASF’s auction features a private Chesapeake Bay cruise aboard the “Sea Toy,” the 43-foot vessel owned and captained by space shuttle astronaut Fred Gregory, …

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